Before I begin, I must say that both Jose Baez and Linda Drane Burdick have done an outstanding job in terms of presentation to the court and questioning their witnesses.
Linda Drane Burdick is truly a seasoned professional. She is a pleasure to watch as an attorney. She is articulate, well spoken, has great delivery , a well modulated and controlled voice pattern that makes her easy to listen to and presents herself with the utmost class and decorum. There is no doubt that if you were going to be represented by someone you would feel extremely confident having her as your attorney.
While Jose Baez has made some mistakes, largely due to his inexperience in my view, he has done an extremely good job under the circumstances. As a novice lawyer, it has literally been Baptism by fire for him. I can’t think of too many who would want to be in his shoes representing Casey Anthony, one of the most reviled people in America.
When he spoke before the court this morning to apologize for his behaviors, it was interesting to see his body language and that of the prosecution team. Initially, everyone on the prosecution team was very hostile towards him as determined via their body language.
You can especially see it with Assistant State Attorney Jeff Ashton. He was having none of Jose Baez, as he sat there closed off with his arms folded across his torso .There was tension in his shoulders which indicated anger. This was confirmed by his angry facial expression with forehead tension and tight jaw.
Linda Drane Burdick’s raised shoulders showed that she was annoyed as well, She refused to even look at Baez. Instead, she looked down and had the expression on her face as if to say “Go ahead, I’ve heard this all before and I’m not buying it.”
The third gentleman at the prosecution table, at least gives Baez the courtesy of looking at him but his head is bowed and his shoulders are raised and jaw appears tense, This indicates that he too is skeptical.
Even those sitting in the audience have their heads bowed out of embarrassment. This shows that they are feeling uncomfortable with what is about to take place.
Then Baez speaks. He is eloquent. He is sincere, There is emotion in his voice and you can hear a few pitch breaks in his speech which verify that he is speaking from his heart. He stands straight with his head up as he speaks highly of the prosecution team . He says how he respects them and is very sincere about what he says.
Suddenly, Jeff Ashton uncrosses his arms and cocks his head to show that he is open to what Baez is saying. Ashton senses Baez’ sincerity.
Linda Drane Burdick now straightens her posture as well as her head is no longer titled to the side. It is upright and indicates that she is attentive to what Baez is saying. The tension is now gone from her face as she looks more attentive. She appears to appreciate what Baez has said.
Even the audience members perk up. Their heads are no longer bowed. Their head are upright as they now look at Baez.
Baez said some very kind and sincere things about the prosecutors and how passionate they were about presenting their case. He essentially said how he respected them. Baez also spoke about his own passion for the case and admitted that he oftentimes got carried away with his emotion.
When he turned around and faced the people he offended and apologized to them directly, I found that to be impressive, as it takes a big person to do something like that.
I wasn’t the only one who through that Baez did the right thing in his sincere and direct apology. Jeff Ashton felt the same way as he graciously stood up and said that he accepted Jose’s apology.
Linda Drane Burdick’s posture and facial expression indicated that she was pleased as well.
Jose was pleased as well as he leaned back and held his head high.
Just as it takes a big person to make an apology, it takes a bigger person to accept an apology.